What is The Oldest Song?

by on April 18, 2014

In which Hank sings the oldest song we know of...the Seikilos Epitaph. Most songs from this period were written with only the lyrics, but the Seikilos Epitaph, buried as part of a funeral, contained an unmistakable chord chart. And so, 2000 years later, I can still sing it for you.

Here the Seikilos song on the lyre...possibly a little bit more likely of an interpretation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xERitvFYpAk

And here's Hurrian Hymn #6, the oldest piece you're ever likely to hear, though it's incomplete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpxN2VXPMLc

And here's where you can buy my album:
Explicit: http://dftba.com/product/1803
Clean: http://dftba.com/product/1802

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In which John Green spends some time in the world of books and some in the world of movies, visiting the LA Times Book Festival and walking the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards, visiting friends and contemplating change along the way.

The new book in the Nerdfighter Book Club is Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers: http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Beautiful-Forevers-Mumbai-undercity/dp/081297932X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397600085&sr=8-1&keywords=behind+the+beautiful+forevers or http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781400067558

Authors mentioned in this episode include:
T Cooper: http://t-cooper.com/
Rainbow Rowell: http://rainbowrowell.com/blog/
Veronica Roth: http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/37588/Veronica_Roth/index.aspx
Maya's book Popular: http://www.amazon.com/Popular-Vintage-Wisdom-Modern-Geek/dp/0525426817/ref=la_B00GDGJU7Y_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397600229&sr=1-1

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What Boys Look For in Girls

by on April 11, 2014

We all want to be appreciated...but initial attraction isn't really based in reality. There's a really huge audience of very young women on YouTube, and I'm really worried about them basing their self-worth on whether they appeal to guys. That seems to be how the world is set up. I'm a dude, of course, so I'm basing this on what I've seen on YouTube and IRL, but I don't think I'm crazy.

I should have said in the video...this isn't meant to be relationship advice. There are lots of good people out there with whom to have relationships, but what they're "looking for" doesn't necessarily correspond with what they actually want or need. That "love at first sight" moment is pretty much the least interesting moment of a relationship (despite being one of the most exciting.)

The song at the end is Marilyn Hanson, which will be on my new album which is coming out...oh...less than a month from now? Exciting!

And TFiOS preparedness kits are available now at DFTBA.com! http://dftba.com/product/1799

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I Don’t Even Know

by on April 8, 2014

Choose where Nat, Ansel, Shailene, and I go on the TFIOS movie tour: http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/tagged/demandourstars

TFIOS Preparedness Pack (conceived by our dad and totally awesome): http://dftba.com/product/1799

In which John doesn't even know what today's video is about, but subjects covered include The Fault in Our Stars, racial bias in criminal sentences, the word gyfe, nonprofits, pratfalls, and a few other things.

Prison links for those interested (you'll note these sources are not often accused of liberal bias):

Good story in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/03/americas-prison-population
Racial bias in sentencing: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324432004578304463789858002
What we mean when we talk about incarceration rates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate
How drug laws affect our incarceration rate: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n417/a04.html

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I Don’t Even Know

by on April 8, 2014

Choose where Nat, Ansel, Shailene, and I go on the TFIOS movie tour: http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/tagged/demandourstars

TFIOS Preparedness Pack (conceived by our dad and totally awesome): http://dftba.com/product/1799

In which John doesn't even know what today's video is about, but subjects covered include The Fault in Our Stars, racial bias in criminal sentences, the word gyfe, nonprofits, pratfalls, and a few other things.

Prison links for those interested (you'll note these sources are not often accused of liberal bias):

Good story in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/03/americas-prison-population
Racial bias in sentencing: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324432004578304463789858002
What we mean when we talk about incarceration rates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_incarceration_rate
How drug laws affect our incarceration rate: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n417/a04.html

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Mass Incarceration in the US

by on April 4, 2014

Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Policy Initiative for research help and fact checking. (http://www.prisonpolicy.org).

It wasn't easy to pick this topic, but I believe that America's 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.

It's hard for me, as a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.

If you're feeling like you want to do something about this, I'm mostly just making this video as an informational resource and to encourage people to think of felons not as bad, scary people but just as people.

The people at The Prison Policy Initiative were very helpful in the creation of this video and if you want to learn more about their work and how to get involved go to http://www.prisonpolicy.org

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VELOCIRAPTORS

by on April 1, 2014

In which John allows his four-year-old son to choose a topic for today's video. And the topic is velociraptors, which turn out to be a surprisingly interesting dinosaur precisely because they were nothing like we've been led to believe. Yay dinosaurs!

Will this be the first vlogbrothers video not made by Hank that Henry watches in its entirety? Only time will tell!

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The New Channels:
http://www.youtube.com/scishowspace
http://www.youtube.com/theartassignment
http://www.youtube.com/learnhowtoadult

The DFTBA Sale!
http://www.dftba.com/category/28/Sale

Sign up for Health Insurance
http://www.healthcare.gov

Review books on Reviewsday Tuesday!

That's all.

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Ian Shoales Commentaries: College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGTDS1UMnVw and more recently talking about dualism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qSoB7W3Tgg
Shoales also has a web site: http://www.ianshoales.com/

In which John discusses inspiration and how sometimes think you don't even remember can shape what you do and how you go about doing it. Along the way, he discusses Ian Shoales (aka Ian Schoales), a public radio commentator with whom Hank and John were obsessed. Also: John calls Hank and attempts to broadly define art. Furthermore: Husky voice.

The Art Assignment video in which we talk about the definition of art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUdABvOXVPw

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Ian Shoales Commentaries: College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGTDS1UMnVw and more recently talking about dualism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qSoB7W3Tgg
Shoales also has a web site: http://www.ianshoales.com/

In which John discusses inspiration and how sometimes think you don't even remember can shape what you do and how you go about doing it. Along the way, he discusses Ian Shoales (aka Ian Schoales), a public radio commentator with whom Hank and John were obsessed. Also: John calls Hank and attempts to broadly define art. Furthermore: Husky voice.

The Art Assignment video in which we talk about the definition of art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUdABvOXVPw

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